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post #301 of 419
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Originally Posted by germanturkey View Post
 

there are a lot of fighting word coming out of this thread when talking about the 02s...  saying they're better than the stalwarts of the IEM world needs substantial evidence.  (i for one, am waiting for Joker to do this thing :p)

 

on another note, if someone wants to let me borrow their 02s to AB against the CK10, give me a shout.  haha.  I'm in the Albany, NY area if that helps.

I"ll think about it, since I still need to burn them in and get used to their SQ. I already love it more than the ck10s, but...hmm..I want it to beat the sony xba-h3s, lol. :p

 

 

That'll never happen though, the h-3s are just that refined. Though the im02s beat it in clarity, the h-3s beat them in timbre, enough clarity, and more bass.

post #302 of 419
Ck100pro i think was going to be a limited release for their 50year anniversary, don't really consider it as just a regular release. I for one like im04 and glad it doesn't share the same sound as the ck100pro.
post #303 of 419

The ck10s are thinner and smaller than the im02s

 

The im02s, however, aren't that much fatter or bigger than the ck10s, so it is still comfortable to wear.

 

CK10 VS IM02 SIZE COMPARISON

 

 

 

post #304 of 419

Well, all people hear the same earphone differently. Some may agree, some may disagree. We just report what we find and our impressions. Although I felt that none of the IM series were worth what it was priced at (I am in Korea and they are priced more than probably anywhere else), I found the 01 02 superior in terms of clarity and preferred the signature of them over the 03 and 04. For me the 03 04 sounded more muddy and something seemed off with the multi driver overall harmony. A friend of mine that tested them with me told me he felt that the 03 and 04 had a different signature and deviated from the the 01 02. This may be because he started listening from the 01 up and he preferred the 01 while I preferred the 02. We both agreed that we would consider them as their sound is actually quite nice to our standards if they were half the price that was on each tag. Although they were comfortable I couldn't get into the memory wire. This was after spending about an hour of testing with all four.

post #305 of 419
You know what, the IM70 is growing on me.

I'm actually starting to like the memory cable. It is quite a nuisance if you use the IEM outside a lot, because I guess that in that case, you're probably constantly reshaping the cable. But I'm using the IM70 almost exclusively at home, and if I take it outside, I wear it before getting out of the house.
And thanks to the memory cable, I'm starting to realize that IEMs really are best worn with the cable splitter behind your head. This provides better stability, less strain on the cable, less chances of losing the fit. I found it works with the Senn IE8, too, which is just hell to keep in my ears otherwise.

As for sound: bass impact on the IM70 is typical Audio Technica (the models that do have bass, he he). The bass isn't boomy and it doesn't have the body of a Sennheiser's, but boy, the impact. This bass just hits. It's not warm, but it's powerful. I'll have to admit that at higher volumes, it may be even too much.

Oh yeah, volume. It's not easy to find the right volume for the IM70 on an iPod. The IM70 is crazy sensitive. The lowest volume on an iPod is not low enough for quietly relaxing before sleep. If you happen to have a Nintendo 3DS XL, you might have had trouble getting satisfying volume from it, even with IEMs. Well, the IM70 is the solution. Not that it gets too loud, but definitely louder than most.

The highs could probably reach a bit further, but at least there's no sibilance. None at all.

All things considered, I'm pretty satisfied with the IM70. Great fit, good sound, great clarity. The only drawback is that the IM70 is perhaps a little too balanced to provide the most engaging or the most intimate sound. It shines with rock, but with other genres, it's "merely" good. But at that price, who can complain? Low-price IEMs have come a long way in the 10 years I've been into IEMs. Now you can have mid-tier quality at a price that used to be not enough for entry-levels. The bar has definitely been raised in the low end.
Edited by egokun - 1/21/14 at 1:34am
post #306 of 419

So, I'm really not using the IM50 very much, as much as it is very enjoyable with EQ, so I think it's time to let it go:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/701541/audio-technica-ath-im50-black-like-new

post #307 of 419
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

You know what, the IM70 is growing on me.

I'm actually starting to like the memory cable. It is quite a nuisance if you use the IEM outside a lot, because I guess that in that case, you're probably constantly reshaping the cable. But I'm using the IM70 almost exclusively at home, and if I take it outside, I wear it before getting out of the house.
And thanks to the memory cable, I'm starting to realize that IEMs really are best worn with the cable splitter behind your head. This provides better stability, less strain on the cable, less chances of losing the fit. I found it works with the Senn IE8, too, which is just hell to keep in my ears otherwise.

As for sound: bass impact on the IM70 is typical Audio Technica (the models that do have bass, he he). The bass isn't boomy and it doesn't have the body of a Sennheiser's, but boy, the impact. This bass just hits. It's not warm, but it's powerful. I'll have to admit that at higher volumes, it may be even too much.

Oh yeah, volume. It's not easy to find the right volume for the IM70 on an iPod. The IM70 is crazy sensitive. The lowest volume on an iPod is not low enough for quietly relaxing before sleep. If you happen to have a Nintendo 3DS XL, you might have had trouble getting satisfying volume from it, even with IEMs. Well, the IM70 is the solution. Not that it gets too loud, but definitely louder than most.

The highs could probably reach a bit further, but at least there's no sibilance. None at all.

All things considered, I'm pretty satisfied with the IM70. Great fit, good sound, great clarity. The only drawback is that the IM70 is perhaps a little too balanced to provide the most engaging or the most intimate sound. It shines with rock, but with other genres, it's "merely" good. But at that price, who can complain? Low-price IEMs have come a long way in the 10 years I've been into IEMs. Now you can have mid-tier quality at a price that used to be not enough for entry-levels. The bar has definitely been raised in the low end.

Yes, now the IM70 I would say sounds up to its pricing. Was an interesting one to test out.

post #308 of 419
Hmmm with all th mixed views, I think I ought to head back to audition them again.
post #309 of 419
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Originally Posted by myap2328 View Post

Hmmm with all th mixed views, I think I ought to head back to audition them again.

Lol. Exactly what I did :)

post #310 of 419
Subbed!!!
post #311 of 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by egokun View Post

You know what, the IM70 is growing on me.

I'm actually starting to like the memory cable. It is quite a nuisance if you use the IEM outside a lot, because I guess that in that case, you're probably constantly reshaping the cable. But I'm using the IM70 almost exclusively at home, and if I take it outside, I wear it before getting out of the house.
And thanks to the memory cable, I'm starting to realize that IEMs really are best worn with the cable splitter behind your head. This provides better stability, less strain on the cable, less chances of losing the fit. I found it works with the Senn IE8, too, which is just hell to keep in my ears otherwise.

As for sound: bass impact on the IM70 is typical Audio Technica (the models that do have bass, he he). The bass isn't boomy and it doesn't have the body of a Sennheiser's, but boy, the impact. This bass just hits. It's not warm, but it's powerful. I'll have to admit that at higher volumes, it may be even too much.

Oh yeah, volume. It's not easy to find the right volume for the IM70 on an iPod. The IM70 is crazy sensitive. The lowest volume on an iPod is not low enough for quietly relaxing before sleep. If you happen to have a Nintendo 3DS XL, you might have had trouble getting satisfying volume from it, even with IEMs. Well, the IM70 is the solution. Not that it gets too loud, but definitely louder than most.

The highs could probably reach a bit further, but at least there's no sibilance. None at all.

All things considered, I'm pretty satisfied with the IM70. Great fit, good sound, great clarity. The only drawback is that the IM70 is perhaps a little too balanced to provide the most engaging or the most intimate sound. It shines with rock, but with other genres, it's "merely" good. But at that price, who can complain? Low-price IEMs have come a long way in the 10 years I've been into IEMs. Now you can have mid-tier quality at a price that used to be not enough for entry-levels. The bar has definitely been raised in the low end.

 

I agree with the back worn, but i only wish that the cable was a little longer, since it gets a little tight when i use it like that. 1.2m isn't long enough for that, at least for me. I still like it like that, but i always go back with the cable through the front. I also agree on the highs, they might feel a little recessed, but i still like them a whole lot more than the rest of my headphones. They became almost instantly my IEM's for on the go usage, and professional usage (well, most of the time).

I'm still waiting on the IM50's, but i doubt they'll pull me away from the 70's...

post #312 of 419
I'm a fan of the higher end AT sound so I'm quite intrigued about the higher end IEMs since I'm in the market
post #313 of 419

i found my white IM50 as natural upgrade to Soundmagic E30( i also had these 2 years ago in white). They have similar looks, materials and sound signature. only IM50 sound much better and have removable cables. but E30 have better fit and cable.

post #314 of 419

Looks like AT is releasing some new cables for the IM series: 

 

http://www.audio-technica.co.jp/atj/show_model.php?modelId=2418

 

 

Detachable headphone cable

AT-HDC5/1.2

Open price

In 6N-OFC conductor of sound quality which wore a titanium combination sheath 
exchange headphone cable to achieve high resolution playback.
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I adopt the 6N-OFC * conductor thorough pursuit of sound quality. 
Was thoroughly eliminated the impurities, and play a relaxed high frequencies by oxygen-free copper conductor having a purity of 99.9999%.
High-quality sound transmission reduce the fine vibration in high-grade aluminum plug.
Inhibit titanium combination sheath unwanted vibration. 
By blending a titanium sheath, providing high quality playback suppress unnecessary vibration which causes degradation in sound quality.
I realize a solid fit by a flexible wire that can be adjusted along the ear. 
Hold firmly to fit the shape of the ear. I will provide a listening stable environment.
OFC: Oxygen-Free Copper (high purity oxygen-free copper)
TECHNICAL DATA
Mass About 14g
Cable 1.2m (Y type)
Plug φ3.5mm gold-plated stereo mini (L-type)
● Compatible models ATH-IM04, ATH-IM03, ATH-IM02, ATH-IM01,
  ATH-IM70, ATH-IM50
 
post #315 of 419

Will those cables be more expensive than the IEMs themselves?

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